Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

Anthropology is the study of humankind, a multidisciplinary endeavor involving the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences. Anthropologists study the human species and the human condition in all its diversity. Anthropologists ask questions such as: Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? Why are we different from each other? What do all humans share in common? And, how can we better understand each other?

To learn more about the potential of anthropology as a major, see This is Anthropology.

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Undergraduate students can earn a:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology
  • Minor in Anthropology, Archaeology, Native American Studies, Religious Studies, or Sustainable Development

Graduate students can earn a:

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology
  • Graduate minor in Anthropology, Archaeology, Food Studies, or Native American Studies
  • Graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) or Museum Studies

Contact Us!

Polly Pérez, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: pollyana@nmsu.edu
Phone: 575-646-2725
Department Main Office/Office Hours: Breland 331, M-F 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm (closed 12-1 pm for lunch)

Rani Alexander, Department Head
E-mail: raalexan@nmsu.edu
Phone: 575-646-5809
Office/Office Hours: Breland 316, M-F 8 am-12 pm
Telework Hours (during campus closures): M-F 8 am-5 pm